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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Noah Dunne at 9:52PM
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By Noah Dunne, Exploratory student with a minor in Honors, '23, FLEFF blogging intern, Beverly, Massachusetts.

The FLEFF festival acts as a platform for political and civil engagement to prosper, allowing many international voices and opinions intermingle, with a focus on artistry and creative works.

This of course brings many new forms of communication and expression into the spotlight of the public which is something extensively mentioned in Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong’s Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen.

Wong describes what is called a public sphere, an area encompassed by film festivals in which all the melding of different cultures and talents overlap and become commonplace.

These festivals grow larger than just an event, and eventually become somewhat integral in the atmosphere of the surrounding space. In other words, those who are un-involved may be in some way affected by what goes on within the festival regardless of their intention.

I hope that when I am at the festival, I will have a plethora of opinions and perspectives to choose from, and this will help immerse me and force me to think more critically from multiple standpoints. Hearing multiple opinions on a given issue will grant me more clarity and the ability to form my own decisions and immerse myself organically in the program.

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